NORWALK, Ohio (June 26, 2008) – While it didn’t rain in Norwalk on Friday, the estimated 13 inches of rain that did fall on the quarter-mile track over the past week, caused the water under the racing surface to weep up onto track, and resulted in the loss of both qualifying runs for Bob Tasca III and the rest of the NHRA nitro drivers.
“I’ve never been to a race that got cancelled because of water when it didn’t rain that day,” said Tasca. “The shutoff surface, where the water was at, is just as important to us as the race area, because we’ve got to stop these things. It’s disappointing for the fans that stayed through the 90-degree heat, but that’s racing.”
Despite waiting five hours while NHRA officials attempted to get the water on the track under control, Tasca spent a majority of Friday with guests from Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), as the Norwalk race serves as the closest event Tasca’s Detroit-based sponsors.
“It was great to be out here with all of the employees that came out from Ford,” said the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang. “We had over 100 people here from the FCSD, and it was nice for them to see just how incredible this program is that Motorcraft and Quick Lane and Ford have developed. It was neat to spend time with them, but I’m terribly disappointed that they weren’t able to see some racing.”
With the cancellation of Friday’s events, also comes the elimination of two qualifying runs. With both of Saturday’s scheduled runs set in the middle of the day, the heat will definitely play a factor in deciding the 16-car field for Sunday’s race.
“Tomorrow is going to be fun,” said Tasca. “It’s going to be hot out there, so it’s going to be a crew chief’s race. We’re No. 10 in the points and we’re fired up to take home the trophy from here in Norwalk.”
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Tasca will attempt to make his 11th start of the season this weekend in Norwalk
– Tasca is 10th in the championship standings and seventh in the Full Throttle Pit Crew Challenge.
– This weekend, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories team will host a group of kids from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from the Norwalk area. For each round Tasca wins on Sunday, Ford Customer Service Division will make a donation to the national JDRF chapter.
– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
– Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February. Tasca didn’t have an employ or a racing part until the end of November, and earned his license in the last testing session before the start of the season.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.